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City Unveils Boulevard of the Allies Veterans Display Ahead of Roadway's 100th Anniversary

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 8, 2021) Mayor William Peduto and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum today unveiled a new display recognizing notable Pittsburgh veterans on the Boulevard of the Allies in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

The display stretches down the Boulevard from Grant Street to Commonwealth Place and features the images of Pittsburgh veterans from the Civil War through the present day. The display has been unveiled in advance of the City’s Veterans Day Parade on November 11th and the iconic roadway's 100th Anniversary next year. 

"Pittsburgh has an incredible history of service to the country," said Mayor Peduto. "There is no better place to recognize these veterans than on the iconic Boulevard of the Allies. The individuals featured span generations of American history and many individuals represent diverse groups who were pioneers for women and people of color in uniformed service."

The Boulevard of the Allies serves as a memorial to all those who participated in the successful termination of the First World War. It was formally dedicated on what was then still known as Armistice Day, November 11, 1922. In addition to the recognition of Pittsburgh veterans, the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure has illuminated the dedication pillars at Grant Street. The pillars were designed by renowned local sculptor Frank Vittor and feature the allegorical figures of victory, strength, and liberty. The ramp leading to the pillars features their dedicatory inscription and the flags of the Principal Allied Powers: the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States of America.  

“Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to collaborate with the City on this endeavor," said Tim Neft, Soldiers & Sailors Vice President & Director of Museum Education. "Our team has researched and selected 34 remarkable veterans from the Pittsburgh community. These individuals are all inductees in the Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors which honors veterans, living and deceased, for valor 'above and beyond the call of duty' while in action against the enemy. They truly represent the very best of our city.” 

The Pittsburgh veterans selected from the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum’s Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor who are featured on the Boulevard of the Allies are:

Rank First Name Last Name Branch War
Colonel Walter Joseph Marm U.S. Army Vietnam
Major General Francis Herron U.S. Army Civil War
Lance Corporal William Prom U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam
Colonel James Schnoonmaker U.S. Army Civil War
First Lieutenant Walter Will U.S. Army WWII
Technical Sergeant Charles Kelly U.S. Army WWII
First Sergeant Alexander Kelly U.S. Army Civil War
Colonel Sterling Morelock U.S. Army WWI
Corporal William Morgan U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam
First Lieutenant Benjamin Praeger U.S. Army WWI
Second Lieutenant Michael Hritsik U.S. Army WWII
First Lieutenant Christian Herron U.S. Army WWII
Lieutenant Colonel Murray Shubin U.S. Air Force WWII
Sergeant Joseph Kaper U.S. Army WWI
Corporal Jack Starkey U.S. Army Korea
Second Lieutenant Joseph Terry U.S. Army WWII
Captain Robert Woodside U.S. Army WWI
Colonel William Lober U.S. Army Korea
Sergeant Robert Bock U.S. Marine Corps Korea
Specialist Four Vinture Sciarretti U.S. Army Vietnam
First Lieutenant Allan Moses U.S. army WWII
Sergeant Stanislaw Norkevicus U.S. Army WWII
Private First Class Charles Raiford U.S. Army Vietnam
Specialist Four George Rose U.S. Army Vietnam
Corporal Woodall Marsh U.S. Army WWII
Captain James Puhala U.S. Army Vietnam
Master Sergeant Pasquale Papalia U.S. Army Vietnam
Sergeant Michael Sims U.S. Army Vietnam
Lieutenant Commander Joseph Breslove U.S. Naval Reserves WWII
Lance Corporal Clement Johnson U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam
First Lieutenant Anthony Morrison U.S. Marine Corps Korea
Staff Sergeant Daniel Murphy U.S. Marine Corps Korea
Major Teresa James U.S. Air Force WWII
Vivandiere Marie Tepe Leonard U.S. Army Civil War

 

Published

11.08.2021

Contacts

James Hill
Special Assistant to the Mayor
Mayor
412-588-3952
james.hill@pittsburghpa.gov